By Mary O’KEEFE
Crescenta Valley Town Council is accepting applications for the six seats up for election on Nov. 8.
Three, three-year term seats and three, one-year term alternate seats are open this year. The seats of councilmembers Frank Beyt, Dannette Erickson, Charles Beatty, all serving three year terms, and alternates Mariam Barnes, Krista Smiley and Leslie Dickenson, will be voted on. Of those, only Barnes and Dickenson have applied for re-election at this time.
Local town councils in the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County were established by L.A. County Supervisor Michael Antonovich to allow local communities to have a voice in their government.
The CVTC has been very active in the community and has listened to the concerns of local residents. When big rig trucks were parking on local streets, some for weeks at a time, residents complained to CVTC which in turn began the process of getting parking restrictions approved. Big rigs are no longer allowed to park overnight on local streets.
An ongoing concern for residents is traffic around schools. CVTC was instrumental in getting a crossing guard at Rosemont Middle School. At the time, L.A. County had a policy of supporting crossing guards only at elementary schools. CVTC along with Rosemont Middle School administration and local parents were able to get not only a crossing guard assigned at the school on a permanent basis but changed the policy for the entire county.
With the guidance of the CVTC, the first Los Angeles County Dog Park, located at Crescenta Valley Park, was built, and numerous beautification projects have moved forward because of the council’s work.
“We are looking for people who want to make a difference in our community, ” President Robbyn Battles said.
Applications can be found online at thecvcouncil.com or call (818) 248-9387. Applicants must be registered voters, 18 years or older and have resided in the unincorporated area of Los Angeles County-La Crescenta or Montrose for at least a year at the time of the application. Deadline for applications is Oct. 9. CVTC meetings are held on the third Thursday of the month at the La Crescenta Library Community Room, 2809 Foothill Blvd.